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Michael Phelps

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Michael Phelps is a world-champion swimmer who holds the record for most gold medals won in a single Olympic games. Phelps broke swimmer Mark Spitz's 36-year-old record during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by winning eight golds, besting Spitz by one medal.

Phelps had two very close calls on his way to history. In the 400-meter freestyle relay, Phelps' teammate Jason Lezak came from behind in the anchor leg to catch France's Alain Bernard and win by eight-hundredths of a second. In the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps outtouched Se...
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Michael Phelps is a world-champion swimmer who holds the record for most gold medals won in a single Olympic games. Phelps broke swimmer Mark Spitz's 36-year-old record during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by winning eight golds, besting Spitz by one medal.

Phelps had two very close calls on his way to history. In the 400-meter freestyle relay, Phelps' teammate Jason Lezak came from behind in the anchor leg to catch France's Alain Bernard and win by eight-hundredths of a second. In the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps outtouched Serbia's Milorad Cavic by 0.01 second after trailing for most of the race to win his seventh gold of the games. Seven of Phelps' eight gold medals were won with world-record times.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps won six golds and two bronze medals. Between Athens and Beijing, Phelps lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., and trained with Club Wolverine and his long-time swimming coach Bob Bowman, who served as the University of Michigan men's swimming coach.

Phelps made his Olympics debut at the 2000 summer games in Sydney. He was just 15 at the time.

Phelps lives in Baltimore and trains at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Mount Washington, which he co-owns with Bowman as part of Aquatic Ventures LLC.

Phelps was raised in Rodgers Forge, near Baltimore, and is a graduate of Towson High School.

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  • Aquatic club coach out after allegation of misconduct revealed

    A longtime coach at the Baltimore swim club that has turned out several Olympians — including Michael Phelps — resigned after an allegation of "inappropriate conduct" with a female athlete was revealed, officials of the sport's national...
  • Organizations join to stop child sexual abuse in sports

    Organizations join to stop child sexual abuse in sports
    Following a string of recent cases in which coaches used their positions to sexually abuse children, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation says it is trying to help sports organizations better screen people who work with young athletes. The foundation has...
  • Tragic conclusion to an otherwise stellar year

    Tragic conclusion to an otherwise stellar year
    The murder of 20 children and seven adults in Connecticut brings 2012 to a shocking and sad end. Perhaps a few uplifting stories will dominate the year's waning days, providing a holiday boost. And we should remember the inspiring sub-stories from...
  • Coffee Companion for August 2, 2012

    Coffee Companion for August 2, 2012
    Each morning, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. ** Michael Phelps has accomplished the unthinkable in his Olympic career. Read why he has more work to do...
  • Did Michael Phelps just take a big loss on his condo?

    Did Michael Phelps just take a big loss on his condo?
    Michael Phelps made history this week, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time. But the winning seems to stop when it comes to his Baltimore real estate. TMZ reports today that Phelps finally sold his Fells Point condo -- at a significant loss....
  • Men's Health names Michael Phelps 'Fittest of All Time'

    Men's Health names Michael Phelps 'Fittest of All Time'
    As if Michael Phelps needed another feather in his already over-stuffed cap, Men's Health has just named him the fittest man of all time. There are folks on the list like the incredibly hunky Daniel Craig, the inspiring Oscar Pistorius, even Charles...
  • Michael Phelps cheers as sister Whitney prepares for NYC Marathon

    Michael Phelps cheers as sister Whitney prepares for NYC Marathon
    Wouldn't it be the worst to be an unathletic kid in the Phelps family? Luckily it didn't happen. With them, it's all Iron Man this, Olympics that. And now Michael's sister Whitney is about to run the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4 while his other...
  • Michael Phelps will not medal in crowd surfing

    Michael Phelps will not medal in crowd surfing
    Michael Phelps can swim. Michael Phelps can golf. And finally here's a physical activity that Michael Phelps is, frankly, pretty bad at: crowd surfing. The Olympian tried to ride the waves of a crowd the other night at XS nightclub in Las Vegas. The...
  • There's still a chance to rank The Sun's Top 10 athletes

    There's still a chance to rank The Sun's Top 10 athletes
    There are just a few days left to help us decide how to rank our final Top 10 athletes on our list of 175 top athletes we've been unveiling every Sunday as part of the newspaper's special anniversary. You tell us who should be No. 1. Is it Michael...
  • Harford remembers Michael Phelps' childhood

    Harford remembers Michael Phelps' childhood
    More than 20 years ago, the man who has become the most decorated Olympian was just known as a hyperactive boy in his North Harford preschool class. Before he won 20 medals and set numerous world records, Michael Phelps followed his sisters to swim...
  • Michael Phelps tells '60 Minutes' he's in shape and his coach predicts multiple gold wins in London

    Michael Phelps tells '60 Minutes' he's in shape and his coach predicts multiple gold wins in London
    In the four years since he made history at the Beijing Olympics,Michael Phelps concedes losing his focus. But with the London Games looming, the Baltimore swimmer told "60 Minutes" in an interview that will air Sunday that he has gone all-out recently...
  • Michael Phelps sets another Olympic record by beating Ryan Lochte for gold in 200M IM

    Michael Phelps sets another Olympic record by beating Ryan Lochte for gold in 200M IM
    With Michael Phelps’ script calling for him to exit pool left after these Games, every day brings another last — of a particular race, for example, or a final matchup against a worthy rival. But even after four Olympics, Phelps is finding...